Cheek augmentation, also known as malar augmentation or submalar augmentation, is a cosmetic surgical procedure for defining the cheek and/or cheekbone area of one’s face. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, offers cheek augmentation for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, IN. Prominent cheekbones can help enhance overall facial contour and draw a harmonious balance between existing facial features. A weak cheek structure can cause a sunken, unhealthy appearance while a heavier cheek frame can cause one to look overweight. Good candidates for cheek augmentation are healthy individuals with realistic expectations for adding a new dimension to their face.
What Is Cheek Augmentation?
The technical terms for the procedure commonly known as cheek augmentation are malar augmentation or submalar augmentation. Both of these procedures enhance the cheek and cheekbone area of the face to give your face more definition. Prominent cheekbones can make your face look slimmer and enhance your positive facial features.
What Is The Difference Between Malar Augmentation And Submalar Augmentation?
Malar augmentation is a procedure that enlarges and enhances the looks of the cheekbones through implants placed in that area. Submalar augmentation fills in the areas inferior to the most prominent portion of the cheek where patients may develop hallowing.
Options in Cheek Augmentation
Today, there are many options for augmenting the cheeks, including implants made of a surgical-grade synthetic material, injectable fillers (Voluma™) and autologous methods. Implants are available in different sizes to improve bone structure, correct specific problems and/or augment the soft tissue of the mid-face. The texture, fat quality and thickness of your skin, along with the contours of your jaw, chin, nose and underlying bone structure are all thoroughly analyzed by Dr. Hamilton prior to a cheek augmentation.
This procedure typically lasts two hours and is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient facility. The implants are placed through small incisions inside the mouth underneath the upper lip. The choice of implant, size, and shape all depend on the patient’s anatomy. Implants typically adhere in position with a small screw. Patients may go home the evening after their surgery.
How Do I Choose The Right Type Of Cheek Augmentation For Me?
Dr. Hamilton will make an assessment of your facial features and tell you what areas need to be augmented on your face to make your cheeks look higher and younger. With his experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Hamilton will be able to give you an expert recommendation in enhancing your facial features so you can have a balanced, beautiful cheek line.
How Long Does Cheek Enhancement Surgery Last?
The length of any surgery is determined by the work being done at the time. The typical length of a cheek augmentation surgery is about two hours. Patients can go home in the evening after their procedure.
Is Cheek Augmentation Painful?
Pain management is available after surgery to prevent pain after your procedure. Pain levels usually depend on a person’s individual pain tolerance and whether or not they follow the doctor’s post-operative instructions. Most cheek augmentation pain is well managed after surgery.
How Much Time Does It Take After Cheek Augmentation To Return To Regular Activities?
Most people return to work and regular activities in about two weeks after having their cheeks enhanced. Dr. Hamilton’s office offers free makeup following your procedure to camouflage bruising or scarring that may occur. This makeup can be applied starting at 10 days after the surgery. Cheek surgery usually heals more quickly than other procedures such as facelifts.
Are There Any Adjustments I Need To Make To My Lifestyle After Cheek Augmentation?
You will need to understand and follow the instructions carefully. You may have to go without makeup for a while during the healing process. For the first two weeks, you will need to eat soft food and limit your activities while your cheeks heal.
Why Should Dr. Hamilton Be My Choice To Do My Cheek Augmentation?
Dr. Hamilton is an expert double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes only in cosmetic facial surgery. He has published many publications on facial surgery. Dr. Hamilton has also served as an examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
How Much Does Cheek Augmentation Cost in Indianapolis?
Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for cheek augmentation.
Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is recognized as one of the “top physicians” in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on cheek augmentation or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.